More Expansions: AQ's New Projects, and Curry Up Now to Valencia


The chef’s counter at AQ. Photo: ©


Deconstructed samosa from Curry Up Now. Photo: ©

More details have emerged after Grub Street dropped the rumor awhile ago that ~AQ~ owner Matt Semmelhack had a couple of new projects in the works.

One upcoming project is a second restaurant, a 2,000-square-foot space, just a couple of doors down (and flanking De La Paz Coffee). Details are sparse, but Scoop mentions chef Mark Liberman is fired up (heh) to do live fire cooking (read: no stove), and it will be more casual, offering lunch and dinner. Look for an opening that is potentially late in 2013. 1077 Mission St. at 7th St.

The other project was revealed by a liquor license not too long ago: ~MÉLANGE MARKET~, which is moving into the former Pronto kiosk by Bar Bambino at ODC Theater. According to Grub Street, it will have “sandwiches, baked goods, and sweets from different local vendors” and AQ pastry chef Maya Erickson. It will be open during the day and on performance nights. Stay tuned for more in coming months. 3153 17th St. at Shotwell.

Not too far away: there’s finally a taker for that lame Pizzeria space on Valencia Street: the folks from ~CURRY UP NOW~ are finally gracing San Francisco with a brick-and-mortar location. Scoop reports they plan to open the 60-seat space in mid-January. There will also be outdoor seating, and beer and wine. Oh, and look for news about another SF location as well. 659 Valencia St. at 18th St.